Walmart and several other stores are really caught in an interesting predicament.
Even though many companies want to keep employees AND customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, enforcing mask policies has also proven to be dangerous to people’s physical health.
Walmart, Home Depot, Walgreens, CVS and others say they will not ban customers who refuse to wear a mask from shopping in stores, CNN reports. This comes after these companies made it mandatory to wear masks before entering.
The biggest issue with enforcing mask policies is the threat to employees. Retailers say they want to avoid physical confrontations between angry customers and employees.
“Many retailers feel like they have to act since some governors haven’t,” said Melissa Murdock, spokesperson for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents companies such as Walmart, Target, Walgreens and others.
Labor advocates and retailers agree that store employees should not have to be the ones enforcing mask wearing, but it’s not clear who will.
“Either security or management needs to tell people that they must wear a face mask in order to be served. It’s no different than wearing shoes or a shirt,” said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. If companies “are not requiring customers to wear a mask within their store, then they never had a requirement. All they had was a public relations stunt.”
Remember employees are getting hurt, shot and in some case killed behind trying to enforce patrons to wear masks. This might be a good move, what do you think?
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